According to the university's COVID dashboard, the number of active student cases is the highest seen during this school year.
The students were found to have taken "willful and knowing actions that threatened the safety of our campus and community."
"Today I was relieved of teaching duties," Professor Joel Poor wrote to his class. "I apologize for any disruption this might cause you."
"With this decision, you have proven once again why your organization has become a national laughingstock and detriment to college sports and student athletes."
"This type of behavior is not tolerated at Mizzou, and we understand how this impacts our entire community profoundly," the university's chancellor said.
The University of Missouri said the reference was "in poor taste."
Universities have gained a well-deserved reputation as some of the least free institutions in America.
"After 50 years of teaching at Harvard, I have never met a less courageous group of people than tenured faculty."
As Missouri's campus dealt with racial unrest, a pair of civil liberties found themselves at odds.
Faculty and students complain about his lack of responsiveness to racial incidents.